HIGH SPEED BROADBAND NETWORK
The evolution of the Global Supply Chain including the implementation of advanced manufacturing systems, has been promoted by the development of IT&C (Information Technology And Communications) and computerized solutions.
The development of the broadband infrastructure therefore is an important element in the creation of a logistical network, together with the software applications that are utilized on a local and international basis. It is recognized that the creation of an efficient and cost-effective cyber or IT&C network is a prerequisite for the competitiveness of a location.
In addition, the development of the IT&C or Cyber Infrastructure has facilitated the expansion of e-commerce. This has resulted in numerous web-based solutions, including the development of portals or digital gateways. These gateways include Business To Consumer (B2C) portals, which bring efficiency to existing or newly developed business relationships. Furthermore, the transportation industry has capitalized on e-commerce as a means of attracting new business to a particular location by providing a new level of service in transportation.
Most of the major transportation gateways in the world have created their own port portals. These perform different functions depending on the specific needs and particularly, whether one acts as a landlord or an operating entity. This trend has been complemented by the creation of carrier neutral high speed broadband backbones and Digital Trade and Transportation (DTTN) Networks providing higher levels of efficiency and the implementation of carrier neutral networks.
Given the aforegoing, it is clear that the creation of a next generation inland port must address both physical and cyber connectivity needs in order to be a part of the Extended Global Supply Chain.
The Tambo Springs development therefore involves the creation of a high speed broadband community network connected to the available trunk lines, which provides improved levels of services to the tenants/users of the inland port.
This is also achieved by the creation of a carrier neutral network within the master development, which provides a minimum of a T3 level of service and enables the users to access a number of alternative service providers.
According to individual IT&C requirements, the user can select a suitable level and type of service. This is of particular importance in being able to participate in the Virtual Market and providing the basis for the development and use of web based applications.
These are also necessary for the creation of an incubator for the establishment of new enterprises, which have a focus on both the "hard" and "soft" elements of the supply chain. The high speed broadband capability therefore acts as a "differentiator" in the establishment of an internationally competitive environment.